By Leah French Old dressers and chests are common finds at flea markets, yards sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops.
Occasionally you'll get lucky and find a piece in perfect condition with a finish you like, but that's the exception rather than the rule.
You can go soft and distressed or glossy and bright.
Imagine a bright pink or bold blue piece in an otherwise understated room.
Or, if a soft, vintage look is more your style, opt for pale aqua or yellow with a shabby, timeworn finish.
Some primers are designed to rough up the finish and help paint the paint adhere.
Chalkboard paint has been trendy on wall for years now, but why not try it on a flea market dresser or chest?
In most cases, the pieces need a cosmetic makeover.
Refinishing is an option, but sometimes the wood isn't fine enough -- and sometimes you just want a different look.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't buy the piece.
It just means you should consider other ways to restyle it.